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Scottsdale Police Department earns state grants totaling 240K

The Scottsdale Police Department has been the recipient of three grants from the Governor’s Officer of Highway Safety for fiscal year 2021, officials say. Serious and fatal traffic …

Police: Scottsdale PD respond to assault, stabbing

Scottsdale Police Department officers responded to a delayed assault that involved a stabbing in the early morning hours Nov. 19. At 1:45 a.m. Nov. 19, Scottsdale officers responded to a delayed …

Maricopa County announces results of COVID-19 antibody project

Results from a serosurvey conducted across Maricopa County show that an estimated 10.7% of residents have detectable antibodies for COVID-19, according to officials. This means that approximately …

Medical marijuana group seeks code changes needed to open in Old Town Scottsdale

A medical marijuana group is seeking to change spacing requirements between dispensaries and protected uses — schools, churches and neighborhoods — in the Old Town area to fulfill an …

What is Scottsdale’s story? Town Hall event explores city’s narrative

Scottsdale has made efforts to diversify its storytelling and combat prejudice by bringing community leaders together for an engaging dialogue. Join a diverse group of panelists on Nov. 19 for …
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Ask the Editor: When police meet during early hours, what’s going on?

One of the many reporting initiatives at Independent Newsmedia of particular note is the hyperlocal effort coined, “Ask the Editor,” whereby readers are able to write in and ask questions …

Brown: ‘You can’t postpone hunger’ Scottsdale Community Partners needs you

The season of giving is upon us, and Scottsdale Community Partners needs you now more than ever. Founded 45 years ago as Concerned Citizens for Community Health, Scottsdale Community Partners …

Opinion: Celebrating the school staff that support Scottsdale students

National Educational Support Professionals Day this year is Nov. 18. This day was founded by the National Education Association in 1987 to honor the contributions of school and district support …

Janik & Durham: #endyouthsuicide event at Chaparral Park this week

This year it seems more important than ever to focus on mental health and suicide prevention. 2020 has been a whirlwind of unforeseen events: COVID-19; Social distancing; Job losses; …
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Goodman: Improving cities starts with removing cars

The story of Phoenix, Arizona is the story of sprawl. After World War II, when cars, air conditioning, and home loans became affordable for the middle class, Phoenix’s population boomed. In …

DeMuro: Reading Scottsdale Independent is ‘a pleasure’

I continually stay impressed with the Independent. I just finished the Nov. 1 issue of the Scottsdale paper. I enjoyed the articles on 5G, fires in Scottsdale and the real estate market. I …

Vallante: A note of gratitude to Arizona small businesses

As the regional administrator for the Pacific Rim for SBA, and as associate administrator for the office of field operations, I’ve had the honor to work closely with small business owners …
Scottsdale City Hall is at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Scottsdale Councilwomen: Congratulations to Scottsdale candidates

Editor’s Note: The results from the Nov. 3 General Election remain unofficial and ballots continue to be counted. Final results will be available at a later date.  We extend the warmest …

Calderon: Thoughts on America's sharp divide

My thoughts about the country's sharp divisions is that we've gone from political discourse to "identity politics," fueled principally by the demise of local newspapers and reporting.  How, you …

Parsons: Cieniawski is ‘best qualified to make a difference’ in Scottsdale schools

President John F. Kennedy once said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” That is what SUSD Governing Board candidate, Julie Cieniawski, intends to continue doing …

Little: My closing letter to Scottsdale voters

From the moment I arrived in Scottsdale 35 years ago, I have taken immense pride in calling our city my home. My wife and I raised our family here. I made lifelong friends here. Like all …
Julie Cieniawski, Libby Hart-Wells and Zach R. Lindsay solidified their efforts in the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board race to occupy vacant school board seats.

Scottsdale Schools switching board members for 2nd semester

As the Scottsdale Unified School District prepares for its second semester, district changes will include three new faces to the governing board at the beginning of the year.

School officials recommend new traffic route to Cherokee Elementary

As Cherokee Elementary continues its rebuild in Paradise Valley, officials are recommending a new traffic route to access the campus. The new route is a proposal to keep school traffic off …
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Scottsdale schools leaders approve 2nd semester plans

Changes are ahead for Scottsdale Unified School District’s second semester for grades K-12 including refining learning models to serve its approximately 22,000 students.
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Chapman Ford has school supply drive through Dec. 4

Scottsdale-based Chapman Ford and Ford Motor Company has launched a school supply drive to benefit Tonalea K-8 School in the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Scottsdale’s Kevin Karp to appear on Jeopardy!, Nov. 18

Kevin Karp, a screenwriter from Scottsdale, is scheduled to compete on Jeopardy! – “America’s Favorite Quiz Show” – on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Scottsdale student wins Marine Corps art contest

Harris Richardson, of Scottsdale,  was awarded third place in the Second Annual National Student Art Competition conducted by the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Scottsdale tribe builds 5-acre memorial to USS Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has built the 5-acre memorial near Scottsdale as a tribute to those who were aboard the USS Arizona when it was attacked and sank at …
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Scottsdale church shines spirit of giving on those who need it most

Through the power of human kindness, one Scottsdale church is donating food, blood, goods, money and time to help neighbors in-need during the ongoing global pandemic as it stretches from month to …

Land Advisors Organization’s Metropolitan Phoenix office has announced the sale of The Asteria Highlands project, a 38.4-acre development site in north Scottsdale. The site is situated on …

Two homes near 103rd Street in north Scottsdale sold for more than $3 million, topping the city’s real estate sales in the last week. A four-bedroom home sold for $3.9 million in north …
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City of Scottsdale celebrates 5th Annual Scottsdazzle

This month marks the fifth year of Scottsdazzle, the City of Scottsdale’s annual holiday extravaganza. To ensure safety amid the time of COVID-19, the city’s elves have been busy …
A free socially-distanced visit with Santa from Storybook Entertainment will be held with photos for children from 1– 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 in front of the fountain on High Street in City North in Desert Ridge Santa.

Families can get free photos with Santa

Three Valley real estate industry companies are collecting money and toys for Homeward Bound, which is a nonprofit that helps struggling families experiencing homelessness.
From left: Actors Bobby Havens (Adult Ralph), Grady Mulligan (Randy), Roy Thielen (The Old Man), Annemarie Mulligan (Mother), and Charlie Budd (Ralphie).

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre presents ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY THE PLAY’

Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, announces a return to live theatre with the opening of its traditional holiday production of A CHRISTMAS STORY THE PLAY.

Legacy Gallery presents Small Works Show, Dec 10-31

Legacy Gallery, 7178 E. Main Street in the Scottsdale Arts District, will hold its annual Small Works Show in time for the holiday season.
A public opening, with an opportunity to meet some of the featured artists and the curator, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, coinciding with the special “Canal Convergence” Scottsdale ArtWalk.

Royse Contemporary will have public opening for 'Emotions Revisited'

Royse Contemporary will present “Emotions Revisited,” an exhibition exploring feelings, expression of emotion, and knowledge through emotion translated into artwork and the creative process.
Diedrick Brackens' cotton and acrylic yarn piece entitled, “Through the eye unburnt and blameless,” 2020.  He will showcase, “Ark of Bulrushes” at  Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s PROJECT SPACE exhibit.

‘PROJECT SPACE’ to feature artist Brackens at SMoCA

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art debuts ‘PROJECT SPACE’ with new works by Diedrick Brackens featuring "textiles with ideas of agency to advance change," Feb. 6 – Aug. 22, 2021.
The event will feature guest appearances from Santa and the Grinch, live performances by traditional strolling carolers, and

SGA announces Scottsdazzle-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk

The Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts its final Gold Palette ArtWalk of the year from 6:30 to 9 on Thursday, Dec. 10 within the Scottsdale Arts District.
Hidden Garden - imagined flowers -  are digital extensions of the existing trees with inflatable structure bodies. The petals move like breath, along with the plants, and make that illusion by night as they are shaped directly from light.

Meet the Artist: Koros brings designs back to Canal Convergence

Peter Koros of Koros Design, a Hungarian artist studio, returns to Canal Convergence with various illuminating artistic techniques from textiles to nature.

Phoenix Theatre Co. thinks outside the box to stage shows amid COVID-19

A new community effort between two Phoenix entities is seeking to bring live theater back to the masses in the Valley of the Sun. This month, Phoenix Theatre Co. and the Central United Methodist …
Poet Kazim Ali will read from his new book, “The Voice of Sheila Chandra,” livestreamed at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 on CanalConvergence.com.

Meet the Artist: Ali shares a sense of ‘poetic justice,’ Nov. 14

Kazim Ali, a nationally-recognized poet from San Diego, will read poetry from his new book, “The Voice of Sheila Chandra,” livestreamed at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 on CanalConvergence.com.